I love how before the month of Christmas there is thanksgiving and Halloween. I don’t know about others but I see those as purely time lines for us to realize that Christmas is coming! I can’t wait for it too! I mean every year is a little bit more impressive then the next. This year (disclaimer, don’t do the awh sad voice after you read the next sentence, I am not heartbroken) This will be my first Christmas with out my grandmother, despite my heartfelt sorrow that she is gone, I know she is looking down upon on us. The fact that she is gone I find myself having more desire to do things that are out of the ordinary for my “normal” Christmas. The past memories are amazing and will never be forgotten but the new ones will help! Well the day after thanksgiving you will find our house almost exploding with Christmas cheer. This is one of our trees, this one is the living room with our over done but just to the right level before it becomes obnoxious. The ability to have christmas around ALL month is amazing! I can’t wait to decorate my own house… I have learned from watching, I will probably go with a theme of colors rather than an explosion, but only time will tell what I end up doing!
Our family is filled with traditions that make any heart happy. You will find us writing letters to Santa, which at the ripe age of 23 I will still do… our town has a great little program that children that write letters will get a hand written letter back from Santa! We have letters from every Christmas!!! We also take our Santa pictures the day after thanksgiving. We will do that every year then when we have kids we will do it with our families and siblings! On Christmas eve we have my whole family and friends for dinner. Us kids at night sprinkle oats with sparkles and a saying… don’t laugh it is true, we are a sucker for traditions! Then we all wait until morning and “santa” comes! Well now that I have covered the traditions, I want to spice this year up a bit! I have always wished we were the type of family that did fancy Christmas parties with a lot of people, but we aren’t doesn’t mean I wont be one day. I also want to adventure to some of the lights displays like Zoo lights, or Leavenworth! I really want to go down to Seattle and see the lights! I plan on making Christmas a bit more fun and develop some of my own traditions outside of my family!
What does your family do for traditions? What are traditions you wish to make?!
The first day of the year, its every procrastinators dreaded day… the day that forever is coined, oh I’ll start that in the New year, well ladies and gents it is the New year, what are you going to “try” and start only to realize a month later you have forgotten to do it, only to repeat the cycle year after year. I don’t believe in yearly resolutions, I do believe in the daily realization of things that need to be changed and suree….. once a year you can dig deep to set a an outline for what you would like to discover, change, improve and conquer in the new year. But everyone should focus on the daily adventures to try and improve themselves. Like for 2011, I would love to learn Arabic, go to aesthetics school,to cherish a picture everyday(don’t worry I’ll share) and continue to becoming the women that I am suppose to be. Now see that isn’t to hard, I am not sitting here planning to rule the world or become the first woman president(Ironically those are kind of the same ;)). I am just setting myself up to accomplish things I need/want to accomplish in the next year. I could be like oh i want to lose 50 lbs, get a man worth marrying …blah blah blah but I don’t need a new year for that…i can do that when ever I want… don’t feel bad if you make up new years resolutions I won’t judge. But answering me this, why would set yourself up for failure like that in the beginning of a new year….shouldn’t you be more open to evaluating the things that happened last year and figure ways to change them? ok maybe I am judging a little. What are your goals for the new year, dont worry I wont hold you to them!
01-01-11 picture of the day is me and my grandmother, it is amazing how much this woman has endured to be with us today, 1930, the most amazing woman look how good she looks!
With graduation just a day away I really have started to think hard about what I am leaving and what I am going to. I spent the past 4 years here, learning all of the socially acceptable things for a college girl. Now I am going to have to learn all new things that are acceptable things for an adult woman to do. Only in College can you go out 5 nights a week and be considered normal. Only in college can you not have a boyfriend and be considered cool. In college towns you are more likely to know the people you meet at the bar, no awkward creeps, well not as many. For me I am really bummed about leaving because I am not ready to leave this world of college. All the aspect that come along with being a college student. I enjoy my bartender, I mean ask anyone he is awesome but he knows how to treat me and my girls when we come, I am not going to find that in the adult world. I am not going to find this out there because I hope to goodness I am not frequenting a bar enough to get to the bartender like we have here in college. My sisters, friends, and those who support me. It is hard to leave them because they have either taught me a lot, I have taught them a lot, or they believe in me. I am however excited to venture out and meet new people, I am so super excited to move on and not have to homework anymore. It is such a bitter-sweet time for me right now, I don’t really know how to react to any of it.
My family comes tomorrow, I am so excited,I tried explaining my family to some people and all I could say was they are amazing. I mean it is true I am sooo entirely blessed to have the family I have. They are all coming, I mean my parents, siblings, grandparents, and one cousin. I mean I am the first in the family lineage to graduate college. It is something worth traveling too. I am just so excited to see what they do, how they react, I am wondering how long it will take for my mother to have water works, I wonder if my dad will shed a tear because I am his baby girl graduating or his tears of joy of not having to pay tuition anymore. I guess we shall find out…
ahhhh life comes at you fast, put on a helmet and hold on because this is a ride you can’t stop.